Bridgeport Man Charged In New Canaan DUI Had Four Kids In His Car

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- A Bridgeport man charged with DUI was nearly twice the legal limit when he was driving erratically in New Canaan with four kids who weren't wearing seat belts, according to police.

John Vieira

John Vieira

Photo Credit: New Canaan Police Department

Police were dispatched to the area of Norwalk Road in New Canaan at around 8 p.m. on Friday on a report of an erratic driver who almost caused several head-on collisions. The person who called police also reported seeing several unrestrained children in the car, police said. Police stopped the car on Heritage Hill Road and spoke with the driver, 35-year-old John Vieira.

Upon speaking with Vieira, officers detected the odor of alcohol, according to police reports. Police said there were four kids in the car, ages 1, 3, 5 and 6 years old, none of whom were wearing seat belts or sitting in car seats. 

Vieira failed a field sobriety test, and a breath test later revealed his blood alcohol content was .154. He was charged with driving under the influence and four counts of risk of injury to a minor. He posted a $2,750 and will appear in court May 3.

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